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Oscar Valdez Calls on AIBA To Bring Back Old Rules, Train Judges

By Miguel Rivera

Oscar Valdez, a two-time Olympian and the current featherweight champion for the World Boxing Organization, called on the IABA - the governing body of amateur boxing - to put an end to the corruption that has hit the sport very hard.

And he also celebrated the fact that The International Olympic Committee has promised to issue discipline ahead of the Youth Olympic Games in October in Argentina.

Valdez asked the IABA to train its judges and return to the previous scoring system, not the professional style, and in addition he embraced the idea that the boxers should return to using head gear.

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"Remove the corruption from the AIBA, remove the judges and change the scoring system to what it was before, the amateur system, but the main thing they should do is remove the judges that are there, and put the judges through training, show them how to judge a fight and then there won't be so many robberies," Valdez stated to ESPN Deportes.

The IOC keeps the AIBA under scrutiny not only for the mismanagement of the organization, but also for the performance of some of its ring officials, which even caused several controversial decisions during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

On the other hand, he celebrated the confirmation of boxing at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires in October.

"It is very important that young people who are starting in amateur boxing go to the Youth Olympic Games, because that's where they start. If a young boxer wins a medal there - it will open the doors when he becomes a professional," Valdez said.

Finally, Valdez stressed that he liked Olympic boxing when it had more of an amateur style and without the new rule that allows professional fighters to participate as they did last summer.

"Initially I did not agree [with that new rule] and I still have that mentality. I think it should be old school, amateurs with amateurs and professionals with professionals... it's easier, boxing with a head gear, an equal scoring system. I would like it to be like it was before," Valdez said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by El_Cholo on 05-27-2018

he is right about the judges and the scoring, a number of judges were suspended after all those corrupt results we got in Rio, i.e. Michael Conlan fight. the main issue for AIBA is their finances (well dodgy, cash for…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 05-27-2018

Amateurs boxing without headgear IS the old school way. That's how it used to be done and I'm glad that's how it is being done now. Here is George Foreman in 1968: [IMG]http://static.boxrec.com/5/50/Foreman-Ion_Alexe.jpg[/IMG]

Comment by Rock&Roll on 05-27-2018

Agree with comments on scoring. Old system sucked balls. One fight i rocked this shorter stocky dude in 2 out of 3 rounds (couldn't finish him) and only got a split decision ffs. Got sucked into brawling instead of boxing.…

Comment by Boxing42 on 05-27-2018

I agree with headgear but the old scoring system sucks too many guys that don’t throw body shots or committed punches which is bad for when they turn professional.

Comment by SilverMiles on 05-27-2018

I originally didn't like the idea of pros participating in the amateur but after watching two pretty good pros in N'dam and Ruenroung get trounced in the early rounds I see no reason not to allow them to participate. And…

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